Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, always falls on the 11th of November and is marked with a minute’s silence at 11 a.m. Why? Back in 1918, this was the date and time that World War I officially ended. Today, we use this moment to remember and pay respect to people who lost their lives fighting for our country, freedom and way of life. 

What is Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Sunday falls shortly after, on the second weekend of November. People from the villages, towns and cities of the UK come together for memorial services and processions as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations.

Wreaths are also laid at the Cenotaph by the Royal Family during the National Service of Remembrance, and the nation is invited to observe a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. Many towns and cities also hold a procession at this time, which is usually open for the public to join and pay their respects - look at your local news for further information.

Although this day originated from the events of World War I, it is used as an opportunity to remember all the servicemen, emergency services, and civilians who have died in wars since.

How can you show your support?

There are many ways to pay your respects during the period of the Remembrance. Please share your support by participating in one of the following activities.

The Fields of Remembrance

There are six Fields of Remembrance: Belfast, Cardiff, Swindon, Gateshead, Westminster Abbey and National Memorial Arboretum Field of Remembrance. For a small donation, the public can dedicate a tribute to remember those who served, which are planted and displayed within these fields. Visit the Royal British Legion website for information on opening dates. There is now a virtual Field of Remembrance, where you can submit a tribute here.

The Poppy Appeal

The Poppy Appeal is a campaign created by the Royal British Legion and launches in October each year. The poppy is usually worn throughout this period of Remembrance as “a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future”.

The story behind the poppy as a symbol of remembrance is unfortunately a sad one. The war obliterated Europe's beautiful countryside, leaving nothing except barren landscapes where vegetation struggled to grow. But amidst the bleak terrain, bright red poppies began to grow, strong and resilient against the aftermath of the war.

Visit the Royal British Legion website to learn more about the heritage of the Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion Shop

If you would like to make a more long-lasting purchase, the Royal British Legion have an online shop, which stocks a variety of poppy memorabilia, wreaths and stationery. 

Remembrance Gifts from Award Medals

Here at Award Medals, we are proud to have a unique selection of Remembrance Day gifts available. Including jewellery, flags, watches, homeware, clothing and much more. Browse here.